Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Home Sweet Home....

Home. It has taken on a whole new meaning in the past week. We finally brought our little girl Elizabeth home on November 8th. After spending a tireless, seemingly endless 103 days in the NICU we finally walked through those hospital doors with her in tow. One of Lizzy's care nurses that helped us through so much was off that day but I was able to see and thank her properly the day before. That lady was truly a superwoman of a nurse. She made me sane when all I could do was sit in the dimly lit hospital room with just my hand on Lizzy's back. We couldn't have asked for anyone to care for her better than she did and we are forever grateful to her. As we made the 1 1/2 hour trek home from the hospital I kept waiting for someone from the NICU to call us and tell us to bring her back but it hasn't happened yet. It's been a little over a week I think we are finally settling in to life at home. Landon of course is completely enthralled with his little sister and is very enthusiastically helping me at every turn.  Our house looks a little like Lizzy's hospital room with the addition of oxygen tanks, a beeping pulse ox monitor, and a very loud apnea/ bradycardia monitor, but we wouldn't have it any other way. I am taking some of the remaining maternity leave from work so I have been at home uninterrupted and am starting to go a little stir crazy. Even though she left the hospital we have a lot of specialists to follow up with so we still aren't out of the woods completely, but this Thanksgiving we have a lot to be thankful for. God has so richly blessed us throughout this entire journey. We have had so much support from our families, church family and friends I can't imagine how other preemie moms do it without any. There was many a night that I would cry myself to sleep because I didn't know how Lizzy would make it through the night. Now I can peek up from my bed and see her resting peacefully in her bassinet. She is truly our little miracle. Our home is now most definitely sweet.

I'm all ready to go!
Home at last!